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Said & Done: Mourinho’s pledge, two bags of granola and 140 goats

Summer roundup – also featuring Neymar’s heart, West Ham’s carpet and no more corruption Related: David Squires on … emo Mourinho’s Premier League 2018-19 preview Continue reading…

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Real Madrid report Internazionale to Fifa over Luka Modric approach

• Inter tried to sign Croatian during transfer window• Atlético Madrid fined £40,000 for breaking ‘third-party’ rulesReal Madrid have reported Internazionale to Fifa over their pursuit of midfielder Luka Modric.A Fifa spokesperson confirmed that footba…

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England up to sixth and France first in Fifa rankings as Germany plummet

• World Cup run sees Gareth Southgate’s side up six from 12th• Belgium are second and Brazil third – Germany drop to 15thEngland’s World Cup success has seen them climb to sixth place in Fifa’s world rankings. Gareth Southgate’s side have jumped six pl…

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Just how close is Australia to being suspended by Fifa? | Jonathan Howcroft

It is a doomsday scenario but faced with another FFA failure to pass reform the stakes are rising fast “Welcome to day one of the 20-day PR war.” That was the foreboding message I received last Wednesday by someone close to the latest chapter in Austra…

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Digital Ronaldos stay strong in bid for eWorld Cup glory

Playing the Fifa video game was once regarded as a fun hobby but 32 players from around the world are battling this week in London for a $250,000 winner’s chequeOn the big screen at the O2 Nicolas99fc is nibbling at his top lip. Short, skinny and barel…

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And they should know, because they asked Emmanuel Amunike | The Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Who has been the best male coach in all football over the last year? There seems to be only one rational response to this question, which is think for a while, conclude that it’s jolly hard to tell, an…

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Four weeks of endless drama in Russia has re-energised World Cup | Barney Ronay

After a tournament that was gripping from start to finish with thrilling matches, marvellous midfielders, the rebirth of England and VAR controversy, Qatar has a lot to live up toThank you Russia, and goodbye! It’s been fun. Not to mention epic, thrill…

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Football and fat fees: questions raised over funding of sporting conference

Was ‘sports integrity’ event that repeatedly questioned 2022 World Cup decision funded by Qatar rivals?After Russia’s wildly successful World Cup, the eyes of the sporting world have turned to the next host, Qatar – and a recent event in London gave an…

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Neymar’s roll to Southgate’s waistcoats: the World Cup’s most watched moments – video

The 2018 World Cup was quite the tournament. Here we look back at Neymar rolling, Panama celebrating their first goal in the World Cup ever, the return of football’s coming home and more Continue reading…

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Tangled up in queues: Fifa’s World Cup media scrum spotlights obsession | Barney Ronay

The Wait List – and the frantic ticket-seeking scrum surrounding it – is a window into the Fifa machine and its ability to wring every last drop from a global passionAnd what did you see my blue eyed son? And what did you see my darling young ones? I s…

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Vladimir Putin: our World Cup has broken stereotypes about Russia – video

Vladimir Putin says the 2018 World Cup has helped combat negative stereotypes about Russia. Putin made the comments while hosting Fifa president Gianni Infantino and a number of renowned football players in the Kremlin. The Russian president adds that …

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There is a cloud hanging over this World Cup and Fifa must not ignore it | Stuart James

An otherwise brilliant World Cup has been cheapened by the kind of histrionics witnessed in England’s game with Colombia and they have become a cancer in the gameThere was a time when we used to sneer at the antics deployed by South American nations, o…

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Diego, Neymar and Germany’s bus: World Cup 2018 diary, week three

The best and worst of week three – also featuring: viral clips, VAR abuse, and the reason economies crashDiego Maradona – Fifa’s £10,000-a-day goodwill ambassador, keeping his profile high. His message last week after his “white wine” health scare: “My…

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Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri escape ban over Swiss celebration

• Duo made eagle symbol of Kosovo in win against Serbia• Each fined £7,600 and Stephan Lichtsteiner fined £3,800Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri have escaped a ban following their controversial celebrations in the 2-1 World Cup win over S…

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Ronaldo, Rostov and @Lord_Sugar: World Cup 2018 diary, week two

The best and worst of week two – also featuring: viral clips, Puyol’s hair and America’s Funniest Home VideosCristiano Ronaldo – setting a European goals record; eyeing a new pay deal to offset his €18.8m tax fraud fine; having Madeira Airport “quietly…

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Fifa: Morocco decision to play Nordin Amrabat after concussion ‘questionable’

• Amrabat had six-hour memory blank after Iran match• Player’s union says selection against Portugal was ‘alarming’Fifa has described Morocco’s decision to allow Nordin Amrabat to play against Portugal only five days after he suffered a concussion as “…

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‘Homophobic and not very clever’: why puto chants haunt Mexican football

El Tri’s victory over Germany on Sunday was marred by alleged homophobic chanting. It’s a common trend across stadiums in the AmericasYou can say this for Mexican soccer fans: they’ve managed to turn one of football’s least dramatic moments into one of…

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Empty seats at Uruguay’s World Cup win over Egypt spark Fifa investigation

• Thousands of seats unfilled at match in Ekaterinburg• World Cup organisers looking into reasons behind itFifa is investigating after thousands of seats were left unfilled for Uruguay’s World Cup match against Egypt in Ekaterinburg.José Giménez proved…

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FA in talks with home nations over UK-wide bid to host 2030 World Cup

• Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland would host with England• Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay will submit rival joint bidThe Football Association has held secret talks with the other home nations about the possibility of a joint bid for the 2030 Worl…

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FA ponders 2030 World Cup bid after declaring confidence in voting process

• Uefa president praises England for mending ‘arrogant’ image• FA to assess pros and cons of bidding during the next yearThe chances of England hosting the 2030 World Cup have been vastly improved by transparency around voting for Fifa tournaments and …